layered summer salad

In the middle of Spring, yesterday felt like high Summer. It got to a crazy 39°C and all I really felt like were seven icicles and a really big bottle of water, but that’s probably not sustenance enough.

The afternoon cooled down with with sea breezes, and this layered salad was a fresh and, importantly, cool dinner solution.

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//A recipe for layered summer salad

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marrakesh prawns with bulgur

It takes forever to get to summer, but it’s always worth it. It’s time to breathe, take our watches off and just let it all soak in. Summer days stretch long into the night, warm and filled with old friends.

Easy summer dishes come hand in hand with the ingredients that are in season. Tomatoes are ripe, seafood is fresh and cool, crisp white wines pour freely. So here’s a recipe for a simple summer dinner to eat warm or pack up and picnic on the grass, in the sun that keeps our backs warm late into the night.

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fruit and nut chocolate truffles

I used to tutor a girl whose mother grew her own tiny little lemons and apricots. She’s the type of woman to imagine her old home new with a white picket fence, so she’d buy the pine and get on her way to realising that fence. 

She’d take these apricots, sun dry them and make these incredible little chocolate truffles with them. She’d serve them to me with a mug of black tea sweetened with a touch of honey. 

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//A recipe for fruit and nut chocolate truffles
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petite madeleines

When I first learned about madeleines I was in a literature class reading Proust. A couple of months later, Michael and I were in Columbus Circle buying Christmas cards and trinkets from the markets. Cinnamon lingered in the air and Christmas was aglow with fairy lights.

A small bakery had set up shop selling pastries and small cakes, and, to my delight, petite madeleines. I bought a pair and two cups of milky tea, and in Columbus Circle we sat, watching teenagers in t-shirts skateboarding. New York was warm in the height of winter, and even the nose-numbing, bitter winds couldn’t dampen it.

//A recipe for petite madeleines
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